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Freedom Rings (A County Fair Romance Book 4) By J. Haney & S.I. Hayes

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"Momma Fal just popped!

When an early labor come with complications the Hopkins Clan must pull together to try and solve the problem. But what happens when the family you’ve come to rely on, must go on with their own lives?
Alone with babies and a recovering wife can Justin handle all that fatherhood has in store for him?
Can Fallon overcome the lingering effects of her delivery? This was supposed to be the happiest time of their lives, but when a curve ball comes this pair will always swing for the fences. Will it be a home run or a foul tip?

Title:  Freedom Rings Authors:  J. Haney & S. I. Hayes Publisher: J. H. & S. I. H. Series:  A County Fair Romance Book 4 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review:
"Freedom Rings" by J. Haney & S. I. Hayes
My Thoughts.....

This story is just a continued reads of the series 'A County Fair Romance Book 4.'  It seems like poor Fallon and Justin are upfront and center as problems of the b…

The Goddesses: A Novel by Swan Huntley

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""A haunting story of betrayal and forgiveness" (Kirkusabout a woman who moves her family to Hawaii, only to find herself wrapped up in a dangerous friendship, from the celebrated author of We Could Be Beautiful.

When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy's husband has cheated on her; they sleep in separate bedrooms and their twin sons have been acting out, setting off illegal fireworks. But Hawaii is paradise: they plant an orange tree in the yard; they share a bed once again and Nancy resolves to make a happy life for herself. She starts taking a yoga class and there she meets Ana, the charismatic teacher. Ana has short, black hair, a warm smile, and a hard-won wisdom that resonates deeply within Nancy. They are soon spending all their time together, sharing dinners, relaxing in Ana's hot tub, driving around Kona in the cute little car Ana helps Nancy buy. As Nancy grows closer and clos…

Seeking Sarah by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

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"From the national bestselling and award-winning ReShonda Tate Billingsley comes this gripping and emotional exploration of the complex bond between mother and daughter.

From the time Brooke Green was seven years old, she has lived with the pain of losing her mother. Her father has done the best job he could in raising her, but a piece of her always felt empty. On the day of her father’s funeral, her grandmother breaks the shocking news: her mother, Sarah, is very much alive. She abandoned her family because she claimed she wasn’t fit for motherhood. After doing some research, Brooke discovers her mother is living in Atlanta, enjoying a great career…and a brand new family. Stunned, Brooke doesn’t know if she wants answers or revenge against the mother who abandoned her. When she meets Sarah’s husband, Tony, Brooke sees the perfect way to make her mother pay. But her plan for revenge just may leave everyone in danger, and end up costing Brooke more than she eve…

Prowl (Nothing Else Matters But Survival Book 1) by Stephanie Nicole Norris & Deidra D. S. Green

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"Brooklyn, Drew, Symone, and Leah grew up the best of friends. Their parents co-own and operate Patterson Pharmaceutical Company, a thriving business that has continuously grown over the last ten years. But after the economy took a hard turn, the family business suffered significant losses, leaving the family’s income on pins and needles. To make matters worse, the property the Patterson’s inherited from their late grandparents is up for auction from missed payments the family was not aware they’d missed. With the family’s debt growing and relationships being tested, the four friends decide to take drastic measures to get the funds needed to secure generational survival. Being high-end thieves was not something they agreed on overnight. Taking from the less fortunate they couldn’t stomach, But stealing from those who already had plenty might just save the family from ruin."

Title:  Prowl  (Nothing Else Matters But Survival Book 1)
Authors: Stephanie Nic…

Who Killed My Husband By: Michelle Stimpson

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"Ashley Crandall finally convinced her husband, Allan, to attend the Christian men’s retreat...but he ends up dead there. What happened to him on the campgrounds? Who would want to kill Allan? And why are the detectives pointing fingers at Ashley? In her quest to solve the mystery and clear her name, Ashley will learn something about her husband that she didn’t want to know and something about her Christian faith that shifts her life.
This short work by national bestselling, multi-published author Michelle Stimpson is packed with emotion, suspense, and a her signature way of weaving hope into a story – always a hit with readers who enjoy faith-based reads."

Title:  How Killed My Husband? Author:  Michelle Stimpson Publisher: ML Stimpson Enterprises  Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Who Killed My Husband" by Michelle Stimpson
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What a good mystery read as we find out just who killed Ashley's husband.  The autho…

Trinity Black: Behind Closed Doors By: Theresa Hodge

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"Everything is not what it seems, and everyone isn't who they promise to be. Trinity Black craved for love and a happy life. Wishes can sometimes turn into nightmares.
Philip Black walked into Trinity's life, swooped her up and helped her make a better life for herself. Philip was handsome, charming and everything Trinity thought she wanted in a man, she found it intriguing that they even shared the same last names.
Trinity was a loyal and loving wife to her husband despite the abuse she was subject to as a child growing by the hand of her mother. Now she is locked in an abusive marriage with a cold-hearted man who has become a stranger.
This poignant story is full of sorrow, pain, and a will to live through it all. Journey with Trinity as she finds her way through faith, endurance, and bravery."
Title:  Trinity Black:  Behind Closed Doors Author:  Theresa Hodge Publisher:  T. H. Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Trinity Black: …

Undisclosed Desire 3: The Contracted Lovers by Falon Gold

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"Two people have never clashed more morally than Camron Powers and his personal assistant, Amari Spencer. She was taught to earn everything she gets and treat everyone with respect. He’s never lacked for anything because of the silver spoon he was born with. It didn’t come complete with manners or a heart however, and now, he wants to know how to love someone, specifically Amari.

But it’s too late.

She’s had enough of his indecent behavior in the workplace, will give him two pieces of her mind, quit her job, and start a war that she’s not equipped to fight on a billionaire’s level. She and her family could lose everything that they’ve worked for. Camron is ruthless enough to take it, but he’ll learn some things just can’t be bought, hijacked, or forced.

The heart is one of them.

Can another Powers descendant find happiness and hold on to it? Can Amari and her loved ones survive Camron’s battle for her love?"

Title:  Undisclosed Desire 3: The Contracted L…

Beautiful Assassin: Revelations (Destiny Awaits Book 2) Kindle Edition by Stephanie Nicole Norris

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"The enemy of my enemy is my friend…

In Beautiful Assassin Hitwoman Celine Briggs came out of retirement seeking vengeance from adversaries from her past. Celine had a score to settle and wouldn’t rest until she’d slain her last mark.

Celine’s allies are few and far between, and her enemies are teaming up to take her and the empire she reigns over down. With an impending war on the horizon, will Celine survive long enough to defeat her rivals or will being in the line of fire consume her? Find out in Beautiful Assassins Part 2. Revelations."

Title:  Beautiful Assassin: Revelations  Author:  Stephanie Nicole Norris Publisher:  S.N.N. Series:  (Destiny Awaits Book 2) Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"Beautiful Assassin: Revelations (Destiny Awaits Book 2)" by Stephanie Nicole Norris

My Thoughts....

Wow, what a wild ride as this author's story keeps your attention as you are turning the pages to see what was coming at you next. …

Until Ray By: Cheryl Robinson

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"Two people in the same city but worlds apart.
Until Ray is an unconventional love story of how two young people transitioning into adulthood find each other and develop a bond that will be tested through three decades. RAY IS LOST … He lives in northwest Detroit with his mother. When he’s not at home, he’s either at the mall selling women’s shoes or in the club. In both places, he's focused on one thing—picking up women. Only now he’s ready to make a change but isn’t sure how to do it. THEN SARITA ARRIVES … At twenty-four, she has an MBA, is a CPA, and works in upper-level management at GM. But all that success comes at a cost: she’s lonely and craves the one thing she’s never had—attention from men. Dive into a love story filled with soul-searching drama told from two very different perspectives. Until Ray, the first book of a trilogy, is set in the mid-eighties in Detroit, where the author was born and raised."


Title: Until Ray
Author: Cheryl Robinson
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Wings of Grace By Vanessa Davis Griggs

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"In Vanessa Davis Griggs' eagerly anticipated sequel to Promises Beyond Jordan, Pastor George Landris is back, but this time he's sharing the spotlight with a family of strong-willed, true-to-life women who must struggle to overcome wounded spirits and severed ties. Richly populated with complex, unforgettable characters, Wings of Grace is a fresh and engaging novel, Griggs' finest to date.

Because Lena Patterson never enjoyed a fulfilling relationship with her mother, she is determined to break the cycle and be there one-hundred percent for her now-pregnant daughter, Theresa. Raised by her strong and loving grandmother, Lena looks forward to playing a central role in her own grandchild's life. Then an older woman shows up on Theresa's doorstep looking for Lena. Lena is dubious, convinced that the woman is just looking to get her hands on an heirloom necklace. As painful memories from the distant past re-emerge, the ties that bind a mother to her daughter se…

The Lover By: Nia Forrester

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"Ryann Walker knows she’s a difficult woman; difficult enough that it would take a rare, and special breed of man to take her on permanently. Thankfully, she isn’t looking for that. What she does want is a baby. And after a rash decision made during a one-night stand, she just may be having one, with the very successful, good-looking, but completely wrong for her, Spencer Hall.

But once Spencer learns that he may become a father, Ryann just can’t shake him. He isn’t interested in being an absentee parent; and she isn’t interested in having a man hang around who is hell-bent on crawling into her heart, breaking down her defenses and unearthing all her secrets, including the ugliest one of all."

Title:  The Lover Author:  Nia Forrester Publisher:  Stiletto Press, LLC Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"The Lover" by Nia Forrester
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Interesting read that will keep the reader entertained all the way to the end with some tho…

RUN: The 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries by Deidra D. S. Green

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"Dr. Chloe Daniels is behind the eight ball. Although Anna Black is behind bars, the trial is still pending. Anna wants to be free. The state wants her dead. Dr. Daniels continues to work closely with Detective Phillips to find out who the Baby Doll Killer is, yet, few clues are available and the body count continues to rise. Death and destruction have followed Major and Mayven across state lines. Dr. Daniels is being stretched thin as neighboring police departments reach out to her for her expertise in addressing their own crime sprees. Is there enough of Chloe to go around? Find out in RUN: the 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries."

Title:  Run
Author:  Deidra D. S. Green
Publisher:  Rathsi Publishing Presents
Series:  The 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"RUN: The 5th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries"  by Deidra D. S. Green

My Thoughts....

OK,  I will say this s…

The Light In Summer By: Mary McNear

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"New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary McNear brings you home to Butternut Lake and a novel filled with irresistible characters who you will want to call your friends.

It’s summertime on Butternut Lake, where the heat of noon is soothed by the cool breezes of the evening, where the pace grows slower, and sometimes, just sometimes, the summer light makes everything clearer...

For the lovely Billy Harper, Butternut Lake is the place she feels most at home, even though lately she feels the only one listening to her is Murphy...her faithful Labrador Retriever. Her teenage son, Luke, has gone from precious to precocious practically overnight. Her friends are wrapped up in their own lives, and Luke’s father, Wesley, disappeared before his son was even born. No wonder she prefers to spend time with a good book, especially ones where everything ends in perfection.

But Billy is about to learn that anything is possible during the heady days of summer. Comin…

Dragon in Blood By: Juliette Cross

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"While all seems quiet in Gladium Province, the Morgon Guard—the global justice force for the dragon hybrid race—knows their enemy is rebuilding its forces in the underground.

Valla Moonring, an assassin for an order of the Morgon Guard, is ordered to join an expedition through the Wastelands of Aria, a formidable, icy wilderness fraught with all manner of dangers, including outlaws, deadly weather, and big-game predators.

To her great distaste, she’s partnered with a Nightwing Security operative, Conn Rowanflame, a Morgon with the aggravating ability to get under her skin. While she takes her mission seriously, Conn’s confident charm throws her off balance, a dangerous place to be in conditions like these. Especially when cold nights require close contact.

Sensual attraction binds them ever closer, igniting a passion of unexpected force—soulful. But when the hunters become the hunted, their bond could prove perilous. Even fatal…"

Title:  Dragon in Blood A…

Dragon Heartstrings (Vale of Stars 0.5) by Juliette Cross

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"Demetrius Cade has long since let go of his prejudice against Morgonkind, the dragon hybrid race his father taught him to hate. But what he never saw coming was the Morgon woman who would finally teach him to love.

Shakara Icewing has watched Demetrius Cade from afar for years. Known as the most eligible bachelor and emotionally unavailable in all of Gladium Province, she sees him as the aloof, arrogant brother of her dear friend. But when they finally meet, she isn’t sure she can handle how deep and how fast they both fall.

An old enemy resurfaces and once more threatens those Demetrius loves. When Shakara plans to speak before Parliament against business tycoon Aron Grayson, she puts her own life in the line of fire. Demetrius will stop at nothing to protect the woman he can no longer live without."

Title:  Dragon Heartstrings Author:  Juliette Cross Publisher:  J. C.
Series:  Vale of Stars Prequel 0.5 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating:  Five Review:
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The Girl On The Train: A Novel By: Paula Hawkins

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"The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Don't miss Paula Hawkins' new novel, Into the Water, coming May 2017.

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

“Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train.”—Vanity FairThe Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times

“Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend.”—USA Today

“Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.”—The Boston GlobeGone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”—People


EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Eve…

The Heirs By: Susan Rieger

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"Brilliantly wrought, incisive, and stirring, The Heirs tells the story of an upper-crust Manhattan family coming undone after the death of their patriarch 

Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him.  The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him.  In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure. 

Eleanor and Rupert had made an admirable life together -- Eleanor with her sly wit and generosity, Rupert with his ambition and English charm -- and they were proud of their handsome, talented sons: Harry, a brash law professor; Will, a savvy Hollywood agent; Sam, an astute doctor and scientific researcher; Jack, a jazz trumpet prodigy; Tom, a public-spirited federal prosecutor. The brothers see their identity and success as inextricably tied to fami…

THAT'S NOT YO CHIC, IT'S JUST YO TURN By: Niki Jilvontae

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"Living a lie isn't easy, but it becomes second nature when you tell yourself what you’re doing is for the greater good. This is reality for 25-year-old Jamar Maxwell, an ex-NBA star from Memphis. Jamar grew up with four friends, one of which was his best friend/twin from birth Bryce. Growing up in the hood, Jamar was the star of the click because he had all the popularity and clout his homies wanted. He shared it with them too and anything else he had because in his eyes they were his brothers and what was his was theirs by law of the streets. He lived with that philosophy for years until people's true colors started to show. Soon Jamar found out that those he was most loyal too we’rent loyal to him at all, and that shit didn’t sit well with him. That harsh reality along with each of their faults, led Jamar on a mission to destroy their egos and shatter those glass houses all around them. One by one he slept with their girls, and left his mark on the…

Secrets in Summer: by Nancy Thayer

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"“The queen of beach books” (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface.

Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It’s also Darcy’s chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow.

Darcy must also navigate the highs and lows of a new romantic relationship with local carpenter Nash Forester even as she becomes smitten with handsome vacationer Clive Rush, a musicologist in town to write a book and visit family. And she finds herself pu…

DUI: Drowning Under The Influence Of You 2 By: Charae Lewis

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"Tyme thought that she had escaped the unbidden misery she had been accustomed to. She assumed that her troubles would cease since she was finally in a good space. But when Tyme learns that something tragic has happened to her father, Joe, she becomes overwhelmed with grief. Her entire life has been dedicated to Joe, and the thought of losing him permanently causes an eerie feeling to reside in the pit of her stomach. On top of that, Tyme finds herself wedged in a situation that could prompt her to lose everything. She's forced to make a decision, but when Tyme chooses the wrong option, everything crumbles right before her very eyes.

Quillon is devastated when he discovers his fiancée, Myka's betrayal. He wants revenge and desperately seeks to find it. But when Quillon finds himself on the other side of the law due to his impulsive decorum, things go from bad to worse. In addition to his relationship woes, Quillon is harboring a secret so damaging tha…

An Alpha's Desires By: Amarie Avant

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Daniel"As heir to Titan Aerospace, the world believed my every wish was at my disposal. Yet, for my family's many accolades, we've endured just as much tragedy. In reality, I fight for my legacy, and I fought for her. At first sight, I was hypnotized by the curvy beauty, Desire Taylor. Then she opened her plush lips, cursing me with the words, "You're not worthy." Yet, I won't stop until I'll she's mine.

Desire
I was too career-driven for love. In return, it took me hostage.  Love was wrapped in the wrong package. I mean, the damn package was gorgeous, with blond hair and alluring gray eyes, but we clashed. Yet, Wentworth Daniel Rutledge  III, billionaire and controller, was relentless in claiming  my heart.
As I submitted to his relentlessness, I learned that submitting to Daniel meant he'd serve me too...
Somewhere along the lines, I've become The Alpha's Desire."



Title:  An Alpha's Desires
Author: Amarie Ava…

Druid Vampire Requiem by KuroKoneko Kamen

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"It’s a thorny path for Becca to follow her heart…

Now a Huntress, Becca, who has been told of a prophecy that foretells she will defeat Dracula, believes that the only way to save Derek Dearg is to kill him. But what if she’s making a horrible mistake? As Becca struggles to accept Derek’s vampire side and her own blooming dark desires her family pays an unexpected visit. Derek jumps through hoops to gain the approval of Becca’s family, especially Becca’s religious mother, Emma.

As darkness creeps over San Francisco Derek gains new allies…

Homicide Detective Alex Wolfman and his police dog Maddy have been investigating the strange murders occurring in San Francisco. Now bodies are missing from the morgue, and he encounters the Thorns being attacked by zombies while sightseeing. Alex tries to protect them, but when the vampire Undertaker shows up Alex is defeated. All hope seems lost until Derek comes to their rescue.

The fight to save San Francisco from a Zo…

Druid Vampire by KuroKoneko Kamen

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"A brooding Druid vampire who runs a tattoo parlor…

A vampire running a tattoo parlor? Probably not the best job choice. But Derek Dearg doesn’t care - tattooing is one of the few skills he has besides hunting vampires using Druidic magic. And since decapitating vampires with ink creatures doesn’t pay the bills he doesn’t plan to close his shop Voodoo Tattoo in San Francisco anytime soon.

An old friend who has become the deadliest of enemies…

Sunny San Francisco, probably not the best place for a vampire to live either. However, Derek has been pursuing his Archenemy, Slaine Morvyn, an evil vampire who killed his wife, Cinnia, more than two millennia ago. Derek lives only for avenging his wife’s death, and once he’s finally taken Slaine’s head plans to go out into the sun, and burn himself to ashes.

The red string of fate ties Derek’s destiny with one special woman…

When an unexpected customer arrives in the form of Rebecca “Becca” Thorn, cyber socialite and …

Home By: Ginny L. Yttrup

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"Melanie runs away. From conflict. From pain. From reality. 

When novelist Melanie Vander faces a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to an inspiring, novel-worthy locale. She’s not running away. Really. She just needs time to focus. But as she disappears into her writing, she encounters a man whose tenderness leaves her reeling. Engaging and wise, psychologist Elliot Hammond tempts Melanie to question everything, including her marriage.

But that’s ridiculous. Dr. Hammond isn’t even…real.

Melanie’s husband, Craig, has his own problems, including a recession that’s threatening his business. Waning finances, a looming home foreclosure, and a wife who’s checked out emotionally, has Craig feeling as though he’s carrying his burdens alone. When his client, the beautiful and single Serena Buchanan, offers him a solution to his financial woes, he’s tempted by more than her offer of a business solution.

At a crossroads, Melanie and Craig seem headed i…

Second Chance Season By: Liora Blake

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"Return to Liora Blake’s Grand Valley series with Second Chance Season, in which an avowed country boy with a family duty meets an ambitious city girl with even bigger goals and who shows him just what he’s been missing.

Garrett Strickland is unapologetically country, fiercely loyal, and perfectly happy with his job at the Hotchkiss Co-op. Garrett is all about living in the present and not dwelling in the past—even if he was once on his way to a lofty agricultural sciences degree that would guarantee the brightest of futures, only to end up back home when his old man died, leaving behind a debt-ridden family farm that was impossible to keep afloat. After that, it was easy to see why dreaming big wasn’t worth the heartache. And until he crosses paths with a city girl who’s hell-bent on kick-starting her own future, he’s sure that good enough is just that.

Cara Cavanaugh is ready for more from life, even if that means changing everything; including dumping her b…